Local artwork forms first piece of civic art collection

New civic art collection for the district

Published: 16th February 2016

A piece of art by Omagh native, Susan Mannion, has been selected by Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, as the inaugural piece of a new civic art collection.

The work entitled ‘Arc of Ripples’ is a wood engraving shown at Susan’s first ever solo exhibition which ran at the Council’s Strule Arts Centre in September 2015 as part of the 14th Benedict Kiely Weekend.

Susan’s solo exhibition, ‘A Raid into Dark Corners’ took its name from the title of a critical essay published by Benedict Kiely in 1978. The exhibition featured wood engravings and a number of enamelled copper pieces inspired by the writing of Benedict Kiely whose own inspiration was drawn from the landscape, people, culture and history of Omagh and its hinterland.

The civic art collection, which is an initiative of Councillor O’Reilly, will have a piece added to it annually by the respective Council Chairperson to mark his or her year in office. Artworks will form a permanent exhibition within Council facilities.

Speaking about the civic art collection, Councillor O’Reilly said:

“As Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council I have the pleasure of opening or attending a number of events throughout the district which showcase excellence in art, one of which was Susan Mannion’s exhibition at Strule Arts Centre.

I was particularly taken with Susan’s collection, its links to the district and the ‘Arc of Ripples’ piece in particular, which I understand is one of the artist’s personal favourites.

I am delighted to support the arts with the introduction of a civic art collection and consider it an honour to select its very first piece.”

Susan Mannion, who is originally from Omagh but now lives in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, is one of a small number of diminishing wood engravers working in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Her work has featured in high profile shows in the United Kingdom and United States of America.

 

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